State officials held their final public hearing on the controversial issue of fracking in North Carolina at Western Carolina University on Friday night. Hundreds of people turned out to voice opinions on both sides of the fracking issue.
Earlier this month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said they would not test for natural gas in our western counties since it would be unlikely to find it here and due to budget issues.
Opponents of fracking say they don’t want to see natural gas drilling in our mountains due to environmental issues. Many are concerned about the chemicals used in fracking which do not have to be disclosed. While they worry about new statewide fracking regulations, others see natural gas as a needed energy source for the future and job creator.